Styles of Contemporary Art

by | Apr 28, 2017 | Arts

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Contemporary art is art that has been created in the now, centered around post World War II.  It uses different concepts and ideas to portray an artistic thought.  The feel of contemporary art is not a constant and can change from time to time. This is what makes it hard to categorize the movement into one box. There is a vast array of contemporary art styles and we will look at some of them now.

Pop Art

Pop art appeared in the 1950s. This contemporary art movement is defined by the use of everyday items or pop culture, which is then incorporated into the artwork. The art has almost a sort of comical look to it and sometimes will be used as a medium to portray a message. This art style was mainly popular in the US and UK.

Arte Povera

Arte Povera became popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Defined as “poor art”, the use of non-traditional materials took center stage. Shreds of clothing, dirt and wood were common themes. Emerging from Europe, the movement was a stance against other popular art styles of the time. Its main goal was to evoke the opposite feeling of modern art.

Earth Art

Earth art is exactly as described—art created from the earth. It gained popularity in the 1960s and used the land, sticks, grasses, soil to create the artwork. The main purpose was to put a spotlight on nature and to get the viewer to appreciate the art that surrounds them every day. The art created was often made on a larger scale, using a specific landscape as the canvas.

Contemporary Art Today

There are many contemporary art galleries in Chicago and around the world. There, you can see the contemporary art of the present day. Such genres as street art, which uses spray paint and buildings as the canvas are gaining popularity. Also included are the use of random objects such as cars, planes, bicycles as the main subject. All define in their own how art is viewed today.

If you are looking for contemporary art galleries in Chicago, visit Art Post Gallery. Find them online at